As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, your condominium association has no doubt implemented a number of measures to keep community members safe. These measures may have included closing the pool, locking common areas, and preventing people from moving in or out of the building for a period of time. Although measures like these are implemented by board members to keep residents safe, there will always be residents who push back against restrictions they deem to be infringing on their rights.
Below, we discuss your rights as a condominium board member during this crisis and what you and your fellow board members can do when you receive pushback regarding safety precautions. Remember, you’re doing what you need to do to keep people safe. For assistance approaching difficult situations like these, consult Wise Property Management, Inc., a professional in St. Petersburg condo management.
Safety Precautions a Board of Directors Can Implement
Although condo owners may push back against safety precautions, they should have been made aware of the rules when they purchased their condominium and received copies of the governing documents. Depending on what’s included in your condo association’s governing document, you and your fellow board members should be well within your rights to implement new rules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, Governor Ron DeSantis just extended Florida’s state of emergency, which grants your condo board emergency powers to make any portion of the condominium unavailable for entry.
Taking a Firm Stance
Of course, disgruntled condo owners aren’t concerned with rules or governing documents. They may not even be concerned by the pandemic. They’re concerned that they’re being taken advantage of. In their minds, they paid for amenities, such as pools, gyms, and common areas, that they no longer have access to. As with any issue that affects members of your condominium association, it’s important to truly listen to their concerns and respect their frustrations. But unlike other issues, this one leaves little room for compromise.
With Florida looking like the next COVID-19 hotspot, you and your board members should remain firm in your stance on safety precautions. Whatever you decide, ensure that it is in the best interest of all of your members and is in compliance with your governing documents and state law. For any assistance calming disgruntled condo owners and making difficult decisions that will benefit all members of your association, contact the professionals in St. Petersburg condominium management at Wise.
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